Louis Boulanger, the beloved painter of Victor Hugo


The ghostsby Louis Boulanger, in 1829. Houses of Victor Hugo Paris-Guernsey Paris Museums

NARRATIVE – Place des Vosges in Paris, the writer’s house-museum is devoting a retrospective to this little-known artist, one of the followers of the romantic cause.

Place des Vosges, the house-museum of Victor-Hugo smells of encaustic. We feel with these scents a little of the atmosphere of the romantic cenacles of yesteryear. Precisely the first, that of the 1820s, which hatched in the Parisian home of the Devéria, is on site revived by an exhibition devoted to one of its pillars: Louis Boulanger. This artist, born in 1806 and died in 1867, is undoubtedly the painter who was closest to the poet.

Legend has it that they met in 1824 in front of the Odéon, in line for a show. Three years later, while the play Cromwellwith its preface-manifesto came out, that at the Salon Delacroix again caused a scandal with his Death of Sardanapalusan immense canvas that is both sensual and morbid, cruel and flamboyant, and that Eugène Devéria revealed his Birth of Henry IV (nearly 4x5m, at the Louvre), Boulanger emerged. Its monumental Mazeppa’s tortureof similarly Byronic inspiration and whose purchase was, like…

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